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Losing the Baby Weight: WEEK 2. Creating Volume without increasing calories. Meatless Monday’s Corn Chowder

March 31, 2011

Soups are a fantastic way to create a filling meal without a lot of calories. Due to their high water content, you can have a larger portion without breaking your calorie budget. Here’s my recipe for a quick and easy corn chowder.

Ingredients:

2 medium russet potatoes

4-6 ears corn or 1 pkg frozen corn

olive oil

1/2 sweet onion

1c baby carrots

2 ribs celery

1 red bell pepper

1 small broccoli crown

1 quart veggie stock

2 cups low fat milk

*garnishes: shredded cheddar, fresh herbs, salt and pepper

  1. pierce clean potatoes with fork and microwave for ten minutes to save on cooking time.
  2. Chop all remaining veggies (except corn) in food processor.  I pulsed until finely chopped but feel free to vary the chunkiness to your liking 🙂
  3. saute chopped veggies in 1 TBS olive oil in a large stock pot
  4. scrape corn from cob and add to pot. If using frozen, just drop them in!
  5. add quart of stock and bring to a boil
  6. chop potatoes–careful not to burn your hands! and add to pot
  7. add milk and bring back to a boil
  8. reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes
  9. puree soup with immersion blender
  10. garnish and enjoy 🙂

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(the puree– really you could go wild with any veggies you have on hand. I usually clean the  crisper out on dishes like this.)

We enjoyed this with a multi-grain baguette. Morgan loved dipping the bread into the soup and the cheesy topping. Leighton enjoyed the puree the next day as baby food with shredded cheese for texture. I loved having it for leftovers the next day as well.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Anne permalink
    March 31, 2011 1:10 am

    Love this recipe!! Question: What kind of potatoes and how many?
    Love the blog, chica!

    • Jen permalink*
      March 31, 2011 1:37 am

      oops! Recipes are always tough to type–constantly leaving something out. I corrected the recipe. It’s 2 russet potatoes–but I think it would be fun to try with sweet potatoes at some point!

  2. Liz permalink
    March 31, 2011 1:53 pm

    Looks delish! Even though it’s technically spring, it’s still cold enough in the midwest for soup! When I try this, I may add the lonely can of crab in my cupboard. Thanks for sharing!

  3. April 1, 2011 12:14 am

    I’m loving these recipes! Poppy is on total veggie strike and putting them in the food processor is a great way for me to hide them! Keep the recipes coming!

  4. April 3, 2011 7:44 pm

    thanks for the recipe!

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